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One Pass Brioche


Join us in the shop with Nathan Taylor AKA Sockmatician for a new look at Brioche knitting.

Always fancied having a go at what is arguably this century’s most popular stitch, but daunted by how complicated it seems to be? Love the idea of brioche, but hate the thought of having to work each row twice? Take a trip with me, looking at two-colour brioche from the point of view of my double-knitting background, and together we can unpick the myth that it needs to be done in two passes. It very definitely does not!

Once you get past that simple concept, I’ll unlock a whole world of the wonders of OPB (that’s what I like to call “One-Pass Brioche”), including some of the most common types of increases and decreases, and, time and brain space permitting, we might even look at how they can be achieved so that they are completely reversible, and the same on both sides of your work.) We’ll even look at how you can take a charted pattern that is written for two-passes, and learn how to
interpret the charts so that the pattern can be worked using OPB as well. All those existing BEAUTIFUL brioche patterns out there, and done with half the work?

That’s GOT to be worth learning a new skill for!

Skill Level: Intermediate - the ability to work using two yarns at the same time. Some experience or understanding of double-knitting and standard, two-pass brioche is useful, but not essential. (Actually, an understanding of double-knitting is MORE helpful than a history of brioche, oddly…)

8 students maximum

Date & Time: Saturday 2 February 2019 2 - 5pm

Length: 3 hrs

Instructor: Nathan Taylor 

(aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is obsessed with double-knitting! He has been knitting seriously since 2011, and designing since around the same time. His passion is for sharing his knowledge of DK with as many people as possible, and pushing the boundaries, and furthering what is possible within the realms of this addictive and beautiful technique.

Nathan has had patterns published in Knit Now! Magazine, Vogue Knitting, The Knitter and RIB Magazine. Nathan hosts a very popular knitting podcast on YouTube, and particularly champions male knitters, with a view to getting not only more men into knitting, but also getting more patterns aimed at men out there. His YouTube channel includes many tutorials for the many and varied techniques involved in knitting his patterns, and Nathan is dedicated to making these tutorials as friendly, and as easy to understand as possible.

As a result of his work in these fields, Nathan was named as Knit Now Magazine’s Knitter of the Year, in the Online Innovator category. He has been teaching double-knitting classes for the last couple of years, and enjoys nothing so much as
seeing that lightbulb moment, when someone’s brain clicks, and he knows that a new DKer has been born. 

Taking a class with Nathan is not the same as sitting at home watching one of his tutorials. He has a boundless enthusiasm for the subject, and limitless patience with the process. His knowledge and understanding of the subject far exceeds what can be put into a short video, and he knows that every knitter is different, and everyone needs different things in order to be able to pick something up effectively. Understanding this is the key to good teaching, and Nathan has spent a lifetime studying human nature, in his other life as a West End actor, so adapting his teaching methods to the individual knitter in front of him comes easily. Be it clear and succinct description and explanation, or where appropriate and comfortable, hands-on demonstrations, Nathan gives the kind of teaching that just can’t be found anywhere else, and he makes each knitter feel like that are being taught in a one-to-one session, regardless of the size of the class.

Materials Needed: You will need about 30g of each of two colours of highly contrasting yarn. For best results choose yarns that are smooth, with a high twist, and not too grippy, or bloomy.

Homework: None

Cancellation Policy: In the event of a cancellation refunds will be provided if another student is available to take your place. We run a waiting list system for these eventualities but please be aware that any cancellation made close to the date of the course is less likely to be refundable.

In the unusual event that the class or course is cancelled by us a full refund will of course be processed.

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